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A visual summary of attacks on press in Turkey 1945-present

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Thousands attended funeral of assassinated bar union chief Tahir Elçi…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2015 at 23:04

Thousands mourn Turkish lawyer’s death

Thousands mourn the death of a prominent pro-Kurdish lawyer, who was shot dead in Turkey’s south-eastern city of Diyarbakir on Saturday.

Funerals also held for two policemen killed in the attack in Diyarbakır, as Turkish PM pledges to catch the killers

Thousands of people have gathered for the funeral of Tahir Elci, a Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist gunned down in Diyarbakır, which has been at the centre of months of violence.

In Photos: Diyarbakır Bar Association head laid to rest after murder

Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi was laid to rest following his Nov. 28 murder during a press conference. The Hürriyet Daily News has arranged photos from the events, including protests of the killing, reactions from Elçi’s loved ones and scenes from the funeral.
Turkish society is unfortunately unable to mourn together, the co-leader of the Kurdish problem-focused HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş has said, while also pledging loyalty to the legacy of prominent Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elçi, whom was shot dead on Nov. 28 in southeastern Diyarbakır

VIDEO: Crowd lays Diyabakır Bar head Tahir Elçi to rest

Thousands of people, including lawyers, bar heads from across the country, politicians and civilians, attend the funeral of Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi – Nov 28

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Turkish human rights lawyer shot dead during press conference

Tahir Elci was killed in Diyarbakir weeks after he said on television that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was not a terrorist organisation

Tahir Elçi, the head of the bar association in southeastern Diyarbakır province, called for the end of conflicts in the region during his last speech at a press conference on Nov. 28 before he was killed in an armed attack, while two police officers nearby were also killed
On ‘bad writing’, politics and killing a Kurd…

Now is the time to speak up, even if our words can be found wanting in the face of complex realities and the merciless world of politics.

Street protest after leading lawyer Tahir Elci was killed in an armed attack, November 28, 2015.Street protest after leading lawyer Tahir Elci was killed in an armed attack, November 28, 2015. Demotix/ erhan demerits. Some rights reserved.

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Anthropology roundup: #AAA2015 Gossips (!)

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2015 at 22:19

What Happened at #AAA2015: The Good, The Bad, and the Bibs

Last week, Denver welcomed about five thousand anthropologists to its Gilded Age (and Gilded Age revival) downtown for the massive anthropological blowout that was the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. So what were the main trends of the meetings? Well, in no particular order they were:

The Bibs: This year’s membership badges were, well, slightly larger and redder than they were in the past. I think that the goal was to reduce plastic waste, since the badges were made of cloth. That was a great goal and I think it was well-achieved, and if bibs are the future then that’s fine with me. But… yeah…

Thoughts on AAA15, Denver, and a “Rawlsian” Internet.

Like many of you, I am just back (and not nearly caught up) from pop-art obsessed Denver. Another AAA, another 2000-person business meeting. Just finished converting my nametag holder into a duvet cover. Also: the parlimentarian.

Rex captured some high and low points–ever the participant observer. Carole (the local) can pull rank and can correct us, but I just want to say that Rex didn’t spend nearly enough time on 16th street if he thinks there wasn’t high calorie cheap food available. I won’t say “good”, but the calories were in abundance.

NGO-graphies: On Knowledge Production and Contention

Google’s doodle is dedicated to one of anthropology’s greatest discoveries
Business Insider Australia
Tuesday’s Google doodle celebrates the 41st anniversary of the discovery of the famed early human species “Lucy,” who lived more than 3 million years ago. Her remains were unearthed on November 24, 1974, near the village of Hadar in Ethiopia, …
Lucy the Australopithecus Turns 41 (Plus 3.2 Million Years)Smithsonian
I Love Lucy: Google Doodle Celebrates Discovery Of World-Famous Human AncestorForbes


Anthropologist to Discuss Food and Everyday Life in Post-Soviet Cuba
UCR Today (press release)


Medical anthropologist Hanna Garth will discuss “The Politics of Adequacy: Food and Everyday Life in Post-Soviet Cuba” on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the University of California, Riverside. The lecture begins at 12:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Building 1113


Getting Free in Cleveland

[Savage Minds is pleased to present the last essay in the series “Making Black Lives Matter: Reflections on the Declaration and the Movement.” In the past week, events have taken place in Minneapolis and Chicago which demonstrate the need for even more fieldnote reporting and analysis of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the impact it is having in this moment of social and political transformation, and the violence these change agents are encountering from police and others. We find ourselves experiencing deja vu–a moment terribly similar to the one we experienced on November 24th last year, when the killer of Michael Brown was not indicted in Ferguson, Missouri and the streets erupted. And yet this moment is slightly different–filled with the energy, hope, persistence, and radical communal love of those that have been consistently fighting against white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and police violence for over 365 days, and are strengthened by the victories they have accomplished during this time.  We shall not be moved.

What FoodAnthropology is Reading Now: November 29th Edition

November 29, 2015: Once again, there were more great food reads this week than could be included in one post. Here were some of my favorites. If you would like to share an article with other FoodAnthropology readers, please email it

There was an article about the decline in breakfast cereal consumption in the United States, as children identify less strongly with cereal characters and health trends favor Greek yogurt and hot cereals: Breakfast Cereal’s Last Gasp

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Eurosphere agenda: High expectations for Paris Climate Conference while French police fire teargas to disperse climate protest #ClimateMarch

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2015 at 19:43

The UN Climate Change Conference begins in Paris on Monday. Given that more than 170 states have already tabled their climate protection objectives, some commentators are already calling the summit a success. Others criticise that agricultural reform and sweeping global investment in new energies are still not on the agenda.

Police also pepper spray activists defying ban on demonstrations in Paris, a day ahead of UN summit on climate change.
Global rallies demand climate action

Demonstrations take place worldwide to demand action to stop climate change, but a protest in Paris is hit by violence, with tear gas fired and 100 arrested.



FranceclimatecountdownUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says governments’ pledges to cut global warming emissions aren’t enough and should be reviewed before 2020.

In his search for allies in the fight against the terrorist IS, French President François Hollande is meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow today. An anti-terror alliance between the West and Russia is unrealistic, some commentators argue. Others believe the fear of attacks will unite the two sides.

But most French people do not view the new anti-terror measures as offensive to French values.
The Paris Climate Talks Will Emit 300,000 Tons of CO2, by Our Math. Hope It’s Worth It

Getting all those diplomats, negotiators, and journalists to the Paris climate talks will add about 22 seconds of carbon dioxide to the global yearly total.

Leaders from the EU and Turkish PM Davutoğlu gathered at a summit in Brussels with the goal of signing an agreement that will offer Ankara cash and closer ties with the EU in return for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe

Brussels lockdown ends, but threat still ‘serious’

“We remain on guard,” Charles Michel told a news conference. “The situation is serious, but according to indications from the security services, not as imminent as previously assessed.”


No broad coalition to fight Islamic State has emerged after talks between Russian President Putin and his French counterpart, François Hollande. But the two agreed to step up their cooperation as the basis for a possible alliance.

Kurdish fighters are using Mad Max inspired homemade tanks to take on Isis
The Kurdish armies currently fighting in Syria are the only military forces that have had any success in repelling jihadist forces that have taken root in the country’s bloody civil war. The Kurdish YJA Star Army, PYD and YPG militia have defeated regime forces to establish their autonomy, and have defeated Isis, Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda numerous times, driving the former out of the besieged..

Belgrade Waterfront – the dark side of ‘urban renewal’

The development project known as the “Belgrade Waterfront” vividly illustrates the mechanisms of dispossession and exclusion in the Serbian ‘transition progress’.

A protest against the Belgrade Waterfront. Source: Used with permission of author.If you come to Belgrade by train, it is going to be a long and slow ride. As slow as the Serbian “transition” to whatever it was once supposed to become, leaving along the way a deindustrialized county, a dysfunctional railway and citizens impoverished and betrayed by promises of a better life.

The French Council for the Muslim Religion says imams should be tested on theological knowledge and French values.

Fear and loaning in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska’s controversial referendum

While Europe’s focus is on the Middle East and the threat of terrorism, Bosnia and Herzegovina is may hold a referendum that puts the country’s fragile peace at risk.

A triptych entitled “Philately”- three skulls wearing hats traditional for the main ethnic groups in BiH show just how useless the ethnonationalist fights in Bosnia are. Emir Hodzic/All rights reserved. “The referendum is like throwing sand into the eyes of the voters”, says Boris Mrkela while stirring his Turkish coffee in Rahatlook, one of the cosiest cafes in Baščaršija, Sarajevo. “This is Dodik’s way to make them forget about the low pensions, the lack of salaries in the public administration, the loans”, he continues.

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“Turkey to hand body of shot-down pilot to Russia…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2015 at 16:31

Turkey to hand body of shot-down pilot to Russia

Ahmet Davutoğlu did not say how body arrived in southern Turkey but says Moscow official will go to recover remains


Turkish PM Davutoğlu has stated the body of the Russian pilot was brought to Turkey to be handed over to Russia, in a press briefing held at Ankara’s airport

Russia ‘playing with fire’, warns Turkey, as Moscow imposes visa regime

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan steps up the war of words after Russia’s latest retaliatory measures in the wake of the downing of its fighter jet

Russia will introduce a visa regime for Turkish citizens as part of a range of measures to retaliate for the Su-24 fighter jet downed by the Turkish air force on Tuesday.

Turkey picks a side

Turkey’s careful balance with Russia and differences with the West over working with Islamist forces have long been a source of frustration for other members of NATO, writes Stratfor.

Discover the reasons behind the urgency of the EU-Turkey Summit through answers to 10 key questions ranging from the scale of the crisis to the shortcomings of regional and global responses
A shipment of 781 shotguns seized in Italy’s northern city of Trieste on Nov. 27 was in fact legal and en route to Belgium from Turkey, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said on Nov. 28
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a document Nov. 28 slapping sharp economic sanctions on Turkey that include banning Turkish employment in the country following Ankara’s downing of a Russian jet

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Journalism agenda: From Jailed Journalists to EU leaders:

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2015 at 15:46



Two Turkish journalists arrested this week for their coverage of arms trafficking to Islamist rebels in Syria urged the European Union not to compromise on human rights, as it seeks an agreement with Ankara to help stem refugee flows to Europe.

‘We are troubled by the pre-trial arrest yesterday of senior editors of the respected Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet,’ the US says
Two prominent journalists, who were detained Nov. 26 on charges of espionage and assisting a terrorist organization through a news reports , urged the EU not to compromise with Turkey ıver human rights
 Bianet :: English
Statements made separately by IPI Turkey, Press Council, DİSK Press Labor, TGS and TGC, TGF and TYS have reacted against arrest of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül.
The U.S. Embassy in Turkey has labeled the detention of two prominent Turkish journalists as another example of pressure on the media, calling on the Turkish courts to uphold the principle of media freedom in line with the country’s constitution
Can Dündar overturns Erdoğan’s statement over MİT trucks with own words
Today’s Zaman
Wikileaks is just another example. The US attempts to cover up the Watergate scandal ended with the resignation of a president. Irangate revealed that the US secretly sold weapons to Iran, and those responsible paid for this. Watergate revealed US .
U.S. Embassy in Ankara has condemned arrest of Cumhuriyet daily Chief Editor Can Dündar and Ankara representative Erdem Gül.
Association of Turkish Journalists in Europe reacting against arrest of Can Dündar and Erdem gül has said, “We know that Erdoğan personally is behind this gross violation against people’s freedom of communication and right to receive information”.
Can Dundar, the editor in chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, its Ankara bureau chief, were charged with divulging state secrets and being members of a terrorist group.

Inside the social search for the Paris attackers

As details about the men accused of carrying out the deadly attacks across Paris began to surface, unveiled by French police and prosecutors, the world’s media turned to social to find out more about the suspects.

But by that time, many of their accounts had already been removed.

Tracking extremists on social media presents a multitude of challenges, one being the rapid rate at which their profiles are being purged. Facebook and Twitter are working aggressively to shutter accounts linked to the Islamic State (IS) and ban the dissemination of its propaganda, aimed at luring recruits.


Too little too late: The horror of Paris proves the media need to debunk rumours in real time

“Have you seen the news from Paris? Just awful isn’t it.” This WhatsApp message was the start of a long evening cross-referencing updates on Tweetdeck, trying to understand what was happening on the ground in Paris and realising the phrase ‘just awful’ couldn’t do justice to the horror unravelling.

Unsurprisingly, as always happens in chaotic breaking news situations, the rumours emerged quickly and were shared widely.

By thinking about the wider context around shared UGC you can often avoid a lengthy forensic verification process where it isn’t required. For publishers looking at how they tackle competition with platforms – it is easy. Context is where you can make a distinction through strong editorial work and storytelling.

The four kingdoms of context…

1. Data: the when, the where and the what

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New economic sanctions on Turkey by Russia as she also halts visa-free regime for Turks from Jan 1…

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2015 at 20:40

Putin signs document that introduces sharp economic sanctions on Turkey, which include banning Turkish employment in the country, according to a statement by the Kremlin press service.

Erdogan expresses ‘sadness’ over Russian jet shot down

Turkey’s president voices “sadness” over downing of Russian jet on Syria border, saying he wishes it hadn’t happened.


Turkey advises citizens against travel to Russia

Official advice to postpone all non-urgent travel is latest move in row over shooting down of Russian jet


Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to contact President Erdoğan because Ankara does not want to apologise for the downing of a Russian warplane, Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s aide, said on Nov. 27

Russia halts visa-free regime for Turks from Jan 1: Lavrov

Russia said on Nov. 27 it would suspend its visa-free regime for Turkish nationals from Jan. 1 as it retaliates against Ankara for the downing of a Russian warplane
President Erdoğan at an opening ceremony in Bayburt questioning what Russia has been doing in Syria said they haven’t shot down the plane on purpose and warns Russia to “not play with fire”

Russia ‘playing with fire’, warns Turkey, as Moscow imposes visa regime

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan steps up the war of words after Russia’s latest retaliatory measures in the wake of the downing of its fighter jet


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Three days after Turkey’s November 24 downing of a Russian fighter jet, Turkish leaders seem ready for Kremlin blowback. But analysts and officials in Ankara are less sure about how the incident will impact Turkey’s relations with its allies.


Turkish President Erdoğan has requested a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Putin, in Paris on Nov. 30, the Kremlin has said, although sources in Ankara stated no date has been set yet
A meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the global climate summit in Paris on Nov. 30 is possible, but not scheduled yet, according to Turkish presidential sources

Pro-War Media

“Us vs. them” dichotomy causes on media to be spoken in Turkey’s name in crisis periods, and sometimes even cause to be more “us” than society and government.

Putin’s Syrian Roulette

The downing of a Russian civilian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula and the terrorist massacre in Paris seemed to give Russia and the West something to agree upon: the Islamic State must go. But a closer look at Russia’s military operations in Syria suggests that the two sides’ objectives in the Middle East are still far from aligned.


Turkey ‘knew downed plane was Russian’

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin rejects as “impossible” Turkey’s claims it did not know the fighter jet it shot down was Russian.

VIDEO: Russia spokesperson sets out Syria plan

Speaking to the BBC after the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish jet, Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, set out the details of the country’s plan in Syria

Russia imposes sanctions on Turkey over downed plane

Russian prime minister says punitive steps could include halting joint economic projects, restricting financial transactions and changing customs duties

Russia has announced that it will impose import sanctions on Turkey and cancel major investment projects as the spat between the two countries over the downed Su-24 fighter jet continues.

Russia-Turkey tension: How Putin acts in a crisis

Furious at Turkey – but he doesn’t always lash out
Turkey’s top gov’t and military officials have said Ankara and Moscow should keep all diplomatic and military channels of communication open
Turkey is deliberately attempting to bring relations between Moscow and Ankara to a standstill, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Nov. 26

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announces on Tuesday that a visit to Turkey, which had been planned for Wednesday, has been cancelled following Russian-Turkish tensions over a downed Russian fighter jet near the Turkish-Syrian border. Lavrov also said that the foreign ministry recommends Russian citizens do not visit Turkey due to the threat of terrorism

Some Turkish officials have a ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in ..
24, Turkey went from threats to deeds. According to a leaked letter of the permanent mission of Turkey to the United Nations, revealed by WikiLeaks, the Russian fighter jet that was shot down by Turkey had been violating its airspace for only 17 seconds.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had several nuanced reasons to allow Turkish pilots to open fire, analysts say, including his irritation with Russia over issues beyond Syria.
The plane’s downing shows any solution to the Syrian conflict needs the US and Russia to work together, closely overseeing their allies

Rescued Russian pilot claims no warning before jet downed

One of the Russian pilots of a fighter jet shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border told state media on Nov. 25 that there was no prior warning
The statement claiming Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov to meet Turkish Mnister of Foreign Affairs Çavuşoğlu has been strongly denied by Russia.
A Senior Turkish official told Reuters about the strike: “The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close…Our findings show clearly that Turkish air space was violated ..
The Nov. 24 downing of a Russian fighter jet that violated Turkey’s border with Syria by the Turkish military was planned, according to a senior figure from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)
Allies of Turkey urged for calm between Ankara and Moscow, after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border on Nov. 24, citing airspace violations despite repeated warnings from the Turkish side
Russian nationals staying in Turkey may be facing serious danger, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, a day after Turkey downed a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on its border with Syria due to an alleged airspace violation

Vladimir Putin says the navigator of a Russian jet downed by Turkish F-16s over Syria on Tuesday is alive.

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#TahirElçi assassinated, his mourners are attacked by police…

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2015 at 19:41

VIDEO: Caught on camera: Battle where lawyer is killed

A leading pro-Kurdish lawyer has been shot dead in south-eastern Turkey during a gun battle between police and unidentified gunmen.
A security footage shows the killing of a policeman by attackers who allegedly killed Tahir Elçi, the Diyarbakır Bar Association head, moments later
The US Embassy in Turkey and EU Ambassador extends condolences to Tahir Elçi, the Diyarbakır Bar head killed on Nov. 28, and a policeman, who was also shot dead during the attack
Diyarbakır Bar President Elçi has been killed in the conflict, which has left a police officer dead and three others wounded following his press statement.
Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi was killed on Nov. 28 in the crossfire during an armed clash after holding a press conference in the Sur district of Diyarbakır with a group of lawyers
Upon the killing of the head of Diyarbakır Bar Association, Tahir Elçi, head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) Metin Feyzioğlu called all heads of bar associations in Turkey to go to Diyarbakır
A curfew was announced in the southeastern town of Sur, where the Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi was killed early on Nov 28

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New photo from Facebook November 28, 2015 at 05:52PM

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2015 at 18:03

Uğurlar olsun… via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook November 28, 2015 at 12:24PM

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2015 at 12:33

Değişen pek bir şey yok… #TahirElçi via @bulentmumay via Facebook Pages